Letter: Providers and Advocates Strongly Oppose Two-Tiered Reimbursement System for PreK


Dear Legislators –

We strongly oppose the proposal to have a two-tiered reimbursement system for Pre-Kindergarten programs based on teacher certification.  

Universal Pre-Kindergarten teachers who are working toward their certification should have funding for the support and teacher training they need to provide quality education while they are studying for their certification.  

A lower reimbursement rate for some providers would lead to chaos and inequity in the early childhood system by cutting funds from community based organizations that provide care and education for New York’s children.

Please do the right thing for New York families and reject this last minute modification.


Campaign for Children:

Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies 

Children’s Aid Society

Children’s Defense Fund – New York

Neighborhood Families Services Coalition

Citizens’ Committee for Children

United Neighborhood Houses

Good Shepherd Services

Center for Children’s Initiatives

Advocates for Children of New York

Day Care Council of New York

SCO Family of Services

Harlem RBI

Brooklyn Kindergarten Society 

Diocese of Brooklyn

Archdiocese of New York

UJA-Federation of New York

Richard Berlin, DREAM Charter School

Rabbi Shmuel Lefkowitz, Agudath Israel of America

Rabbi David Niederman, United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg

Rabbi Moshe Indig, Central United Talmudic Academy

Jeff Leb, Orthodox Union Advocacy – Teach NYS

Rabbi Heshie Dembitzer, Bobover Yeshiva B’nai Zion

Rabbi Aron Langsam, Yeshiva Machzikei Hadas, Belz


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